City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh News: music

Review: Girls, 14 October 2009


San Francisco’s Girls seem to be so named after their unreachable objects of desire that just might make them whole. The duo of Christopher Owens and Chet J R White have recently released their first album, the invigoratingly titled “Album”, and filled it with anthems of almost grief-stricken longing set to music steeped in both the upbeat jangling of 60’s garage pop and the frazzled numbness of early 90’s shoegazing.

Noisettes to Join Madness at Hogmanay

Concert in the Gardens

The Noisettes will support headlining act Madness at the Concert in the Gardens on Thursday 31 December 2009, organisers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2010 announced today.

Free Course For Aspiring Music Promoters at Usher Hall

An innovative new project at the Usher Hall will offer up to 20 young people aged 16 and over the chance to test their music and event promotion me

Zero 7, Queens Hall, 12 October 2009

Zero Seven by Takeshi Suga

Any Zero 7 fans, myself included, who were at this remarkable and eclectic gig expecting an evening of summery pop like the gentle warm breeze of their popular ambient chillout theme Destiny were in for a rude shock. Zero 7 kicked the door down, tore up the rule book and performed a two hour epic set that was more of a bold and chaotic montage of old and new material.

Review: Mudhoney & The Vaselines, 9 October 2009


Heritage rock, once the preserve of grey-haired bands from the sixties and seventies, is now deep within the "alternative indie" music of two decades ago. Spurred on by the modern day success of the Don't Look Back brand ethos as well as festivals such as All Tomorrow's Parties offering quick reunion fixes, the everlasting present of rock music has now reached the early nineties rock scene, giving us the bizarre sight of Pixies in 2009 touring their classic Doolittle album twenty years on.

RSNO Best of All Possible Worlds Concert Review

Emmanuel Laville

The first half was dominated by the personalities of the conductor and the soloist. Kristjan Järvi is the talented younger son of the Orchestra's conductor laureate. Lithe and ardent he moved from one front corner to the other on the new conductor's podium in gleeful control of the players in front of him, and when applause came too soon, of the audience too.

Autumn Concert of the Orchestra of the Canongait Review

Helena Buckmayer, piano soloist

The Orchestra of the Canongait under its founder and conductor, Robert Dick, for their Autumn Concert contributed to the bicentenary of two prominent composers, Mendelssohn who was born in 1809, and Haydn who died in 1809.

Simon Smith Piano Recital Review

Simon Smith was born in Northumberland in 1983. He learned to play the piano at St Mary's Music School before reading Music at Clare College, Cambridge. Back in Edinburgh he is a music engraver as well as a performer who specialises in contemporary music.

Edinburgh Royal Choral Union 150th Anniversary Concert Review

The Edinburgh Royal Choral Union is Edinburgh's oldest choir, founded in 1858. It was given Royal status in 1911 and performed at the opening of Usher Hall in 1914 which became its spiritual home. But for the Usher Hall's renovation and improvements this their 150th anniversary concert would have been held a year ago.

Madness to Headline Edinburgh Hogmanay

Edinburgh's Hogmanay street party on Princes Street, Edinburgh

Cockney ska funsters Madness are headlining this year's Hogmanay in Edinburgh, it was announced yesterday.

Little Shop of Horrors Review

Claire Buckfield as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

This zany, offbeat musical has gone through the rounds as one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time; the original 1986 premiere scored by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken being adapted from a 1960s movie conceived and shot in a matter of days by Roger Corman.